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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 151
Gots: 130 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007)
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Photo of Jeffo
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doopie broke this one open last week for random night. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-thinner looking, off-white, fluffy head with good retention. Gamboge orange in color, slightly hazy, with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a splotchy wisp leaving lace coating the sides of the glass. A wisp remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing all the way down.

SMELL: Pale malts, pine notes, and some soapy aromas. Lots of flowery hops are nice, but the soapy hop notes aren't really all that appealing.

TASTE: Pale malts, toffee notes, with lots of flowery hops and some citrus flavors as well. Much more citrus than the nose had suggested, and the soapy notes, while present, are not nearly as forthcoming. Better. A bolder and lingering aftertaste of bitter hops, flower notes, and mild citrus notes.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Somewhat light on the palate, creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Pretty solid here.

OVERALL: No better than alright. The nose was certainly not my cup of tea, as I’m not a huge fan of whatever hop produces that soapy quality, but luckily that hop was more mild in the flavor letting some enjoyable flower and citrus hop flavor come through. A decent brew, but not something that needs any special attention. Thanks again for sharing Doops.

Jeffo, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first ever in person trade (not counting freeloading of Jeffo's beers) with TheBrewViking got me this beer. Carefully wrapped it made the transatlantic journey and figured we needed to drink this fast before the hops fade turning this into a weak Barleywine.

Poured into a snifter.

Aggresive pour reveals an amber beer with a fluffy two finger foam. A little lacing on the side of the glass after the foam is gone.

The usual suspect on a West Coast IPA. Pine, citrus and hops.

Unexpected malt sweetnes upfront to make way for the hops.

A medium body slight dry finish.

I'd say a decent, not great, double IPA.
Thanks for the hook up, Brooks.

doopiedoopiedoo, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my.. 4th Ninkasi beer? So far nothing has been able to top their oatmeal stout.

Pours a slightly hazy copper that turns golden towards the edges.

Rocky white foam recedes and leaves some nice lacing.

Faintly smells of that simcoe cat urine smell, but it's not as bad as Stone beers. Floral, hoppy, cat piss.

Taste is pretty killer. Smooth, nice bitterness, great malt backbone to support this beast of a beer. Alcohol is faint, but present. Hops are piney, but incredible bready and biscuity malts are the star of this beer.

This beer lingers like an 8% ABV beer. What do you expect? I think this category is useless. Carbonation levels seem spot on.

Overall this is right up there with Ninkasi's best offerings. Not the hop bomb that most IIPAs tend to be, but the balance this beer exhibits really makes it shine. Great beer, will be seeking more out in the future.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of vtblackdog
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly cloudy, slightly orange hue. Nice head that hangs.

S - Piney hoppy aroma very nice.

T - A nice hop bite but not too biting. I really like the hop malt balance on this one.

M - A nice gentle hop bite with a medium body.

O - A very good example of a double IPA.

vtblackdog, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 3.24.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright, hazy orange with a thick, bubbly head.

S - Pine and citrus.

T - Hops/pine, citrus, and slightly like cleaning solution.

D - Pretty bitter.

O - I was a bit let down from this one. I may give it a try at a later date.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #2 Thanks to Phelps. The beer was chilled and served in my Imperial Pint glass.

A- 4.0 The body of the beer is a slightly cloudy light amber coloration with tight active carbonation. The head resolved quickly into a white ring of foam. Was going to knock this beer to a 3.5 but the cloudy bits of sediment tell me this is unfiltered so I know its going to be good.

S- 4.0 Lightly sweet carmeled malt leads the charge and quickly gets punched in the gooch by floral grapefruit subdued pine. In all honesty I am amazed how subdued the pine notes are in the nose given how pronounced they are in the taste.

T- 4.5 The flavor delivers an unrelenting grass and pine tree and pine cone bitterness. Its a bit of a one hop note but this beer can play that song for me anytime.

M- 4.0 Medium bodied with active carbonation. The bitterness is playing Master and Servant with my palate and I am enjoying being the servant.

O- 4.0 This was a very satisying blast of hop forward beer. In short I am loving this and one bomber wasnt enough I am ready for another fix. I know the beer is alcoholic from the general warming I am experiencing. Alcohol is not present in smell, taste or mouthfeel.

Thanks Phelps for a very excellent hoppy beer treat. The reveal: Ninkasi Brewing Tricerahops DIPA. This beer and brewery wasnt even on my radar. Thanks again Phelps!

nlmartin, May 26, 2011
Photo of SHODriver
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a reddish orange with a finger of white head that recedes to a small pool with some larger bubbles interspersed
S: Smells spicy and piney with hints of grapefruit and sweetness
T: Starts a little slow with flavors of apple skin, but quickly knocks out the taste buds with a huge wave of pine and some herbal flavors. There's a dash of sweetness to keep things in balance but the aftertaste is a bitter mix of tropical fruit, pine, and citrus
M: Full bodied and smooth with slightly prickly carbonation. Not overly slick and by no means watery
O: This is a world class double IPA that stands toe to toe with Maharajah, Ruination, and 90 Minute IPA

SHODriver, May 25, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: thick off-white head on top of an orange pour

Aroma: sweet hop resins and a flowery NW bouquet

Flavor: strong bitterness with some residual meatiness in the initial drink. Very woody and peppery, with spiciness complementing. Peasant-like maltiness contributes to the hop spice.

MF: large body but sweeetness is lacking the power of the hops. Not the most drinkable but delicious once

ebrauser, May 20, 2011
Photo of bmerz
2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


Burnt orange snow globe. I'm guessing yeast particulates float around the medium size bubbles.


Grapefruit, peach, yeast when it warms. Under-ripe orange with rind on the back


Thicker and more yeast on the back of my throat than is normal for an DIPA or I like from one.


Not into it. Why so much yeast. Why boast hops when they aren't complex, well rounded, or that forward in the nose or flavor. Yet it isn't malty enough to imagine they are hiding.

bmerz, May 15, 2011
Photo of kswbeer
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty solid Imperial IPA, and ranks among the best.

Our group just called Ninkasi and asked what hops they use. Search for "what hops are in tricerahops" or check out the following link:


kswbeer, May 09, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, caramel, and orange/grapefruit. I can also pick up on some pineapple juice. It finishes with a malty aftertaste with undertones of citrus juice and zest.

Overall – There alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. It drinks almost like a IPA. The taste is well balanced and it has a nice flavour. There isn’t an extreme amount of hop taste going on, so I can see how it might disappoint the hop heads out there. Still a good beer nonetheless.

spinrsx, May 04, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color, hazed and covered with an alabaster head. Sticky.

Aroma is covered by the foam, but eventually releases citrics and a note of mildew. Not bad, mind you. A little more power for top shelf.

Very little malt here to sweeten up the job. Butter cookies with a hint of toffee, and then carbonation. Bigger on the hop end with sugar-crusted citric zest being my main takeaway. Smooth body, not too sticky, and drinkable as hell.

Doesn't blow me away but I enjoy it a lot.

BretSikkink, May 04, 2011
Photo of LazyL
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with a bubbly off white head. The nose is spicy honey with a gentle boozyness. The smell is growing on me as it warms slightly. The taste is orange and a little one dimensional. The mouthfeel is a bit dry and somewhat flat. I would say that this is a good beer but average complexity made it miss the mark a bit.

LazyL, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, cloudy orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of off-white head. Juicy citrus aroma with lots of apricot, orange, and pineapple along with some sweet caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, lighter-than-expected mouthfeel. Slightly bitter up front followed by sweet orange citrus and caramel malt, then another blast of hops that transition from pine into a puckering grapefruit on the reeeally long-lingering finish.

Light feel with a completely masked alcohol presence, but make no mistake -- this brew isn't fooling around, with tons of hop character crammed into a really drinkable package. (Appropriate name, too, as I feel like the flavors went through three pretty distinct phases.)

grittybrews, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of abaer123
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice offering from Ninkasi. A double IPA with sharp hop bitterness on the beginning, smoothed over by rich fruit apricot flavors. The bitterness continues to linger and reminds me of the initial sharpness. I hope this one will stay in my nose for a while to remind me of its hoppy goodness.

Appearance - golden amber color, rich

Smell - fruity and sharp with hops

Taste - sharp bitterness to begin, smooth fruit middle, bitterness linger and linger and linger. :)

Mouthfeel - light carbonation makes this an easy drinker. 8.8% abv says go easy.

Overall - one of my favorites.

abaer123, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a standard pint glass

Clear amber color with a finger of white head. The foam recedes slowly leaving excellent lacing. Smells of sweet malt and citrus hops. Nice. Taste starts out bitter but is quickly balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Orange, tangerine, and mango are prominent. Not much in the way of pine. Finish is lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a medium level of carbonation, which works well here. ABV is well masked by the balanced, smooth character of this offering from Ninkasi. Overall a nice iteration of my favorite style.

Sideswipe, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of KMDouds
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong contender in a very strong & crowded field of American Double IPAs. Unlike it's weaker sibling brew, Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops delivers return consideration...

Decent appearance and smell, hops that frame without overwhelming or dominating the taste and aftertaste. An extremely well balanced bitter sweet mouthfeel that actually got better with each successive swallow. In fact, it's hard for this beer lover to believe this is a 100+ IBU Beer. This will definitely not be a one & done Beer!

KMDouds, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of qgardner
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am truly a fan of just about everything this Brewery makes - and I only say just about because A: I haven't tried everything they make and B: Maiden the Shade is okay, but while the nod to Bruce Dickinson and company is very cool, the beer is still just okay. On the other hand you have this 8.8% ABV, 100 IBU Jurassic stomper that is just absolutely awesome. Very, very well balanced, the hops definitely don't overwhelm as one would expect at 100 IBU. A warm, caramel, toffee malt backbone and almost velvety mouthfeel (out of the ordinary for the style) pervade throughout the pint, and contrary to what another reviewer said, I think this beer gets even better as it warms. The hops are ever present, floral and remind me of fresh cut marigolds, but they don't whack you over the head like some extra IPA's. Behind all that love is a nice lingering aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Would pair very well with chicken tikka masala.

qgardner, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sirdrinknp. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half finger off white head. Decent foamy lacing sticks to the glass.

The nose is made up of some light citrus aromas, some piny hops and a bit of malt sweetness. The citrusy hops come across first before a bite of pine and some resiny hops that can be a bit skunky at times. There is a bit of a malt sweetness that balances the hops fairly nicely.

The taste follows the nose, perhaps the malt is a bit more present and the piny hops a touch stronger. Starts with the same light citrusy and fruity hops along with a malt sweetness that stays in the background. In the middle a round of dank, resinous hops provide a bitter kick but seem to pull back a bit and let the sweet malt come back out at the finish. What I find odd is that the malt is strong in the finish, with little hop presence, yet a few second after each sip there are bitter, sticky hops left on the tongue. As teh beer warms the alcohol becomes more evident and there is a slight burn as it goes down.

A medium body with low/medium carbonation makes the beer feel slick and oily. Bitter hops do linger on the tongue for a bit.

Drinkability is ok. It's gets tougher to drink as the beer warms and the 8.8% ABV peeks its head out. The strong bitterness that lingers makes it a one and done. Overall, it's an ok beer. There's nothing about it that stands out nor is there anything that is all that bad.

ms11781, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
thanks goes out to yuriruley for sending this one my way.

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, pine, hops, malts,

taste: little hops, mostly malts, spices

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this was a let down. I guess I was hoping for more hop flavors then I got. Maybe need another bottle to see if it was the beer or just me.


THECPJ, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Rich amber with small clumps of white sediment. A finger of sticky looking, off white head. A little chunky lacing.

Smell. Pine, lemon candy, grapefruit rind, mixed citus juice. Nice.

Taste. Yellow grapefruit, Orange rind, and a little caramel malt. Lasting floral, citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation. Alcohol present.

Drinkability. Pretty thick and satisfying. Not a bad drinker, just very satisfying.

Rutager, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Glibber
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been seeing Ninkasi beer showing up in the stores lately and decided to give one a try since I found it on tap. Nice clear amber beer with a adequate off white head that laced the glass well. Not very pungent, but hops could be detected. I liked the citrus grapefruit sweetness. A fresh, clean tasting beer. I've had so many great imperial IPAs lately, this was a good one, but didn't really stand out.

Glibber, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of leedorham
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish orange with a thick white head. Nice sticky lacing.

S - Strong citrusy, musty, and a bit skunky in the aroma category. There is a nice depth to it.

T - Malty backbone and rich hop flavor. Sweet on the finish, drinking a bit like a barleywine.

M - Smooth and slightly viscous. Medium carbonation.

D - A very drinkable DIPA. I enjoyed it.

leedorham, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of bennetj17
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper color, clear, with moderate carbonation and thin head. Smell lacks pungency, it's got mostly an orange-citrus splash with a hint of minty hops in the background.

The taste is well balanced, not in your face hops. Tangy citrus hops paired with just enough malt sweetness seem to carry on through toward a moderately finish. It is very smooth and goes down rather easily for 8.8% ABV, it's just that the flavor lacks much complexity and starts to get redundant after a few sips. Appropriately carbonated.

With a name like Tricerahops I was expecting more "wow" factor, but this was just a pretty average Double IPA. Too many better options out there for me to try this again...

bennetj17, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of imagese
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date. Poured into perfect pint

A- Hazy golden orange with a faint head that lingers, but leaves no lacing

S- Sugared citrus, floral hops, earthy grain, and a slight pine hop finish

T- Bitter tangerine combined with a nice floral hop kick, followed with a nicely balanced sweet malt finish. Slight booze kick as well, but not in a bad way

M- nice body, great carbonation, but for me, it's a little too dry. I want more of the bitterness to linger

D- Overall a strong DIPA. Easy to sit back and sip, but also can go down fast quite easily. I kept taking big sips to try to experience as much of the flavor as possible

imagese, Feb 28, 2011
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.